"With a combined 40 years of experience in the valley and on the Methow River, we're more than qualified to show you where the fish are hiding."

Kevin, Bret and Blaze are part of the most experienced guide service for the Methow Valley.  Together, we have over 40 years of guiding fly fishing here on Methow waters and a combined 65 years of fly fishing Okanogan County waters.  We love this valley, this system of rivers and lakes and the community that surrounds these waters.  Thank you for letting us share our passion for this special place and the sport of fly fishing.

All of our guides are proficient instructors for any level.  We have all been certified in Washington for whitewater safety and rescue. 

Guides

Kevin van Bueren  

Kevin van Bueren

I grew up in Portland, Oregon and have lived in the Methow Valley for 20 years. I have guided fly fishing on Methow waters for over 15 years and have owned and operated North Cascades Fly Fishing since the end of the 1990's. I was fortunate enough to spend two winters in the Southern Patagonia region of Chile guiding fly fisherman for resident rainbow and brown trout. When I am not guiding on the Methow River or Moccasin Lake, I also work in the Recreation Dept. of Sun Mountain Lodge. I spend some of my time in the coldest months teaching cross-country skiing for the Methow Valley Ski School. I love the change of seasons here in the Methow Valley and with that comes the variety of fishing. Whether I am helping clients stalk big trout sipping dries, teaching the finer points of nymphing or sharing the secret spots for the elusive steelhead, I just love being out on the water with others who share the same passion. My son Jackson and I love to sit on the banks of the Methow River, eat watermelon, cast a fly or just enjoy the water flow by. The Methow river system is a very special place because many people are great stewards of the land and river.I am proud to have been a member of the Board of Directors of the Methow Conservancy and am still actively involved. Also, I sit on the Upper Columbia River Fishery Committee, and was one of the founding members of the Methow Fly Fishers. I feel very lucky to work with such a great group of guides who share the same love for the valley, its river systems and fish, as well as the community. North Cascades Fly Fishing is very proud to be a donating member to many local non-profits concerned with habitat, local educational opportunities and community outreach. Thank you all who come and share this with us.

Bret

 

Bret Alumbaugh

Bret grew up in Okanogan County and has spent his life fishing the local waters. He started fly fishing at age 15 and has been passionate about the sport ever since. Whether it's fishing on Moccasin Lake or the Methow River, he will show you where to find some of the biggest trout you've ever seen. Bret and his wife Kelly have two sons, Derek and Damon, who with any luck will follow in their father's footsteps. When not guiding, Bret is the Recreation Director at Sun Mountain Lodge, teaches skiing for the Methow Valley Ski School, coaches baseball and alpine ski racing.

 

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Mike Wilson

Mike spent the early part of his youth moving around the world, son of a surgeon in the military. Aside from occasional summer fishing trips into the mountains of Colorado with his grandfather, fishing, and specifically, fly fishing, did not enter his life until he moved to Wenatchee in junior high. with a non-fishing father, he had to teach himself and gleen what he could from the folks he met on the rivers and high mountain lakes of the Central Cascades.  Mike's true love affair with fly fishing was consummated when, after college, he moved to Sun Valley, ID, and fished all over central Idaho.  After a couple of seasons ski-bumming, he moved to Telluride, CO, and taught skiing in the winter and volunteered for the USFS in the summer, conducting fish surveys and stream restoration for Colorado River Cutthroats, in the high mountain streams of the Lizardhead Wilderness. Deciding it was time to come "home" to the Upper Left Corner, Mike moved to the Methow in 1995, and has been fishing the watershed since.  It is not uncommon to see Mike fishing the upper stretches of the Methow, but more likely than not, he'll spend his free time fishing the smaller tributaries, and the high mountain creeks with lightweight gear, and his dog Huckleberry in tow. Mike has been guiding with North Cascades Fly Fishing since 2014.

Blaze Ruud  

Blaze Ruud

Blaze no longer lives in the Methow or guides for North Cascades Fly Fishing but we will always feel he is part of our guiding family. Blaze was born and raised in the city of Kennewick, WA. While Growing up Blaze, along with his younger brother Evan, began fishing the cold waters of the Blue Mountains, mainly the Touchet and Tucannon rivers. During his high school years Blaze's father and Stepmother moved to the beautiful Methow Valley. When Blaze visited in the summers he would make it a point to get out and fly fish the Twisp, Methow, and Chewuch Rivers. Blaze attended Central Washington University and became the manager of the CWU Outdoor Pursuits and Rental Shop. Blaze specialized in guiding float trips for students down the scenic Yakima River Canyon. One Christmas during his college years Blaze's parents bought him a guided trip on the Methow River with Kevin van Bueren. It was this trip that once again sparked Blaze's interest in fly fishing. Blaze began to fish the Yakima river regularly until he graduated from CWU with a B.S. in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. After CWU Blaze moved to Kirkland, WA and worked for GeoEngineers, a geotechnical engineering firm. In July of 2008 Blaze's father and stepmother decided to purchase the Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop. With his science and lab background Blaze decided to move to the Methow Valley and brew beer at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery. Blaze began training to be a Methow River guide under the direction of Kevin Van Bueren and finally joined the North Cascades Fly Fishing guide team in 2009. Dead drifting steelhead nymphs and swinging steelhead flies have been Blaze's main interests, but throwing dry flies for sipping trout is quickly becoming a close second. Blaze currently resides near the town of Carlton with his long term girlfriend Stephanie and is still brewing the beer at Winthrop's Old Schoolhouse Brewery, for which he won a coveted gold medal at the 2010 NABA competition. When he is not fishing the Methow or brewing beer at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery you will likely find Blaze fishing for Steelhead on the Klickitat and Grande Ronde Rivers.